My mailbox is about a quarter of a mile from the house. Last night at about 8:30, I took my golf cart out to get the mail. It was windy and about 40 degrees out. As I was going around a curve, I began sliding across the seat. I guess my pants were slippery, and I remember sliding out of the side. The next thing I knew, I was lying on the pavement in severe pain, my left sock and shoe missing. I thought about lying there and waiting to be found, but I was shivering and decided not to be a pussy. I walked 100 feet or so to where the golf cart had hit a tree, and drove home.

My wife freaked out when I walked in the door, because I looked like shit. Road rash, bloody skin, etc. I opened the first aid kit, and my wife helped bandage me up. Eventually, my thigh swelled to twice its normal size and the skin was tight as a drum. I had a big goose egg on my forehead, so we headed out on the 30 minute drive to the closest ER.

I got home from the hospital at 4am. They were initially worried that I had broken a femur or that I had compartment syndrome. They also thought I might have broken ribs. My left side is a mess of road rash from my knee to my forehead. My right thigh is swollen and tight as a drum. There was talk at one point of putting me on a helicopter and flying me to the trauma center in Gainesville. I must have looked like shit and my vital signs were horrible. My BP was so high that they thought I had a severe head injury. Turns out it was the pain.

Turns out that there are no breaks and no serious injury. They do think I might have torn a hamstring, but won’t know until the swelling goes down. So it hurts to breathe, sit, stand, or even lie on my back, front, left side, or right side.

Tired and sore. On a side note, it turns out that I am very sensitive to morphine, and it hits me much harder than most other people. This resulted in an accidental overdose in the ED. My wife said it was scary because I freaked out in the ED and began taking my clothes off and then passed out. The staff was struggling to wake me up and keep me that way. Don’t remember much except my wife calling my name and begging me to stay awake.

The most messed up part was wee accidentally went to the wrong hospital at first. We got the two confused because they are only a mile apart. One is a trauma center, the other isn’t. Walked in the door, gave them my name, and was told that there was a 6 hour wait. I realized that this wasn’t the hospital I meant to go to and told them never mind. They told me that I might still get a $500 ER bill, even though the only person I talked to was the woman at the door who takes down your name and address. That is ridiculous and I will fight that. I didn’t sign shit, didn’t see a nurse or a doctor, and was there less than 10 minutes. I am not paying that any more than I would pay a restaurant that I walked out of before I even got a table.

At any rate, I am home, sore, and tired. More posting later. Maybe.

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billrla · February 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Sheesh. Sounds awful. Get rest. I wish you a speedy recovery.

Miguel GFZ · February 2, 2021 at 1:03 pm

Glad you are OK, but we may still give you morphine at the blog shoot just to get you nekkid and running around… 🙂

Chipmunk · February 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm

Yikes, are we having fun yet? Here’s wishing you a quick recovery.

Hightecrebel · February 2, 2021 at 2:01 pm

That’s not good. I hope it’s a quick recovery, and that your hamstring isn’t torn. Rest, relax, and recuperate, we’ll be waiting patiently(ish) for your return

Brian_E · February 2, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Well, they say any landing you can walk away from is a good one, but I think that usually – an airplane if some sort is involved. 😉

Glad you survived your pavement landing, regardless. Oh – and your visit to the ER. At least your blogging critical parts (eyes, brain, hands) aren’t too much worse for the wear. Take care of yourself and don’t take too long recuperating. Oh – and you might want to get a bucket seats w/a 6-point harness for that racing golf cart…. 😉

Sarin · February 2, 2021 at 2:32 pm

Fucking hell man. Hope you’re on the mend soon.

SiG · February 2, 2021 at 2:35 pm

Sounds nasty, but you’re the expert in trauma medicine.

Take care of yourself. We’ll be here when you get back.

Aaron C. de Bruyn · February 2, 2021 at 8:39 pm

Ouch. Glad you’re alive.

Just a technical note, the site is configured with two domains ( and ( It looks like you’re using Let’s Encrypt for your certificates…but for some reason you’re not “chaining” your certificates. It causes my news reader (and I’m sure a few other people’s) to bomb out because of a trust issue.

Check out the test here:

You’ll see “Chain issues: Incomplete”

I’m not sure how much of an x509 nerd your admin is, but if he wants some help, have him reach out to my email.

it's just Boris · February 2, 2021 at 8:58 pm


Glad you’ll be okay.

Mark · February 3, 2021 at 6:18 am

Sounds like you got the Covid bruh. Has all sorts of weird side effects. Hang in there. Love ya bunches

A Lochte · February 3, 2021 at 8:05 am

Damn! That sounds rough!! Sending some well wishes!

Eric Wilner · February 4, 2021 at 5:03 am

Food for thought…
As the family invests in local land, I’ve been thinking we should get some sort of UTV / all-terrain golf cart, for actual utility purposes and so we could take my (rather mobility-impaired) father on tours.
Seat belts definitely need to be on the feature list. Maybe even doors of some sort.
(And Brian_E’s suggestion of a racing seat? I’ve been wanting one of those for the zero-turn lawnmower.)

    Brian_E · February 4, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Yeah, the ‘racing seat’ was only half joking – and I’d never even considered one for use in a zero-turn mower, but given how fast I’ve seen those sucker whip around -you’re probably right.

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